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  1. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-51189430 Hypocrisy, Gambler's Ruin Fallacy and short-term self-interest in one package. Top bombing, Mr President.
  2. You're right, it isn't - but how many are doing one and how many are doing the other, I wonder? It's difficult to tell and as such rather easier to be assumed that one is doing the latter rather than the former, given the various examples of systematic discrimination throughout history. Just as Guardian columnists shouldn't set the rules of comedy, nor should Mail/Telegraph readers set the rules of morality. Which brings me to the last paragraph... Some folks might be overjoyed at the idea of a "return to normalcy" (or what they define as "normal", anyhow) but it's rather amazing (in a car-crash way) how many people think that is good news for anyone other than a rather small set of people - as if history isn't full of examples of wholesale marginalisation, oppression and outright violence based on entirely arbitrary designations of demographic and anyone who wasn't the right "type" basically lived the entirety of their life in fear of what load of trouble would come next. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying a regression to the Republic of Gilead is imminent, but a return even in small part to that kind of morality is going to marginalise (or keep marginalised) a lot of people who actually have little power and threaten next to no one. If that's someone's idea of a morally acceptable society, then so be it - but that's a bit twisted IMO.
  3. You'd like to think that people would be able to tell the difference between a rather obvious one-liner like Ricky's there and a deliberate act of punching down/degradation as that TSA worker engaged in, but who knows? I'm going to defer to the late great Terry Pratchett on this one: "Satire is meant to ridicule power. If you are laughing at people who are hurting, it's not satire, it's bullying." Of course people should be free to take the piss out of whatever they like, but if they're going after someone with less power than them, then expect them to be called out for being pretty mean-spirited and uncaring about those without that power and they should take such criticism about it on the chin rather than whining about it themselves. Seeing as they're not those "snowflakes" and all.
  4. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-51171491 ....does anyone else see a damn problem with Western countries sending their plastic waste to Asia on the sly and expecting them to dump it there?
  5. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-51168822 How very magnanimous - but then I guess there isn't really much more he can do.
  6. Curran just did exactly that. Only from mid off.
  7. This last wicket stand is one for the highlights reel.
  8. Evans in full Danimal mode in his first round match - was two sets down, now a break up in the fifth.
  9. I think that particular incident pretty much speaks for itself and there's not an awful lot of need to bring it up again and again, but that's me.
  10. https://nypost.com/2020/01/19/chaos-in-puerto-rico-as-mob-finds-unused-disaster-supplies/ ...the hell?
  11. https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51169705 Final test for Crew Dragon completed - the wait is almost over!
  12. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51170252 Hopefully we won't get another Charlottesville, one Heather Heyer incident was one too many. Reasonably good to see government apparatus are taking the far-right threat at least vaguely seriously though - despite the nudge-nudge-wink-wink approach from other parts of government.
  13. Fair enough man, read way too much as punching down to me but whatever makes you laugh.
  14. ....where are the chocolate Digestives?
  15. Yeah, you're totally right there - often money (or more accurately the power it accords) lends more privilege to people than other factors do. Ask a coal worker in rural white Appalachia how privileged he feels about his life, for instance - he's probably never been abused and discriminated against purely on behalf of his race or sex but he'll certainly have had some discrimination because of his lack of wealth and location. It's definitely not a blanket thing and tbh the person responding to Fox should have mentioned his position of relative power as an additional factor rather than just the white male thing. It is mostly gutter discourse as you say and quite frankly I despair of the idea that humans might actually realise that they don't need to try to exert power over each other for incredibly petty reasons and it isn't in fact a zero-sum game - not mostly, anyway.
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